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Category Archives: Integral Yoga

Synthesis of Yoga

Sri Aurobindo: the Synthesis of Yoga, continuing with Part One, The Yoga of Divine Works, Chapter 11, The Master of the Work, resuming on page 248.

In this chapter, Sri Aurobindo points out the trickery of the ego, how it can disguise itself, and therefore the attitude of our mind must become a conscious attitude, saturated with this knowledge:
"A Divine Power works in this mind and body and it is the same that works in all men and in the animal, in the plant and in the metal, in conscious and living things and in things apparently inconscient and inanimate."

The next reading will commence on mid-page 254.

Ashesh Joshi on his new book


On the occasion of International Yoga Day, I talk with Ashesh Joshi who released his new book 'Introduction to Integral Yoga' in Savitri Bhavan. In this interview, Joshi discusses why he felt compelled to pen this book, his work in Auroville and the world running workshops and finally, the power of Integral Yoga.

Synthesis of Yoga Pt. 1, Ch. 9


Chapter IX starting on page 221: Equality and the Annihilation of the Ego, in which Sri Aurobindo again extols the simple yet profound teaching of the Gita: "To action thou hast a right but never under any circumstances to its fruit."

" . . . the renunciation of attachment to the work and its fruit is the beginning of a wide movement towards an absolute equality in the mind and soul." To act, work with attachment to the result means our work is not offered to the Highest, but to our ego.

He continues, reminding us that the Lord is there equally in all beings: the wise and the ignorant, friend and enemy, man and animal, saint and sinner; and so to hate none, despise none, be repelled by none. in the God-nature to which we must, indeed shall rise, there can be a calm, forceful rejection but not repulsion, scorn nor dislike. Because in all we have to see the One . . . all is ourself, one self that has taken many shapes . . . we shall have equality of soul towards the ugly and the beautiful, the maimed and the perfect, the noble and the vulgar, the good and the evil, since all things are the one Self in its manifestation.

Synthesis of Yoga Pt. 1, Ch. 7


Standards of Conduct and Spiritual Freedom continued, top of page 203 through the conclusion of the chapter on page 207.

To assure a harmonious diversity in oneness is the goal; a cosmic consciousness inbedded in each being is the way. Upon such realization, the quarrel between the individual and society, the disastrous struggle between one community/race/country and another, the mean and petty smallness between one man and another, even within families will, as aspire and work toward it, be the supramental perfection.

" ... if a collectivity or group could be formed of those who had reached the supramental perfection, there indeed some divine creation could take shape; a new earth could descend that would be a new heaven, a world of supramental light could be created here amidst the receding darkness of this terrestrial ignorance."

A discussion on Integral Yoga

On International Yoga Day, Savitri Bhavan hosted a discussion on the importance and newness of Sri Aurobindo's Integral Yoga. In this fascinating segment, both Aurovillians and guests question and analyze Integral Yoga. Tune in for some enlightening insights.

Synthesis of Yoga Pt. 1, Ch. 11

"The Master and Mover of our works is the One . . .the Self of all beings, Master of all worlds, the Light and Guide . . . All that is, is he, and he is the More than all that is, . . . and we ourselves are being of his being (though we know it not) . Even our mortal existence is made out of his substance; there is an immortal within us that is a spark of the Light that is for ever."

It is long before we can see truly, and longer still if we would be transformed. Key is our renunciation of the egoism of the worker. When our surrender to his Dilvine Shaki is absolute, only then will we have arrived. And of course in all Yoga the first requisites are faith and patience. The Gita reminds us that the Yoga must be practiced, applied, with a heart free from despondent sinking which may come due to our impatience. Remmmmmmmmmembering that the Master has promised us he works always through our nature; we are his creation; in our errors is the substance of a Truth which works to reveals its meaning to us. . . He is wiser that our reason . . .

This reading is the first one of this chapter; to be continued .

Synthesis of Yoga


Sri Aurobindo: the Synthesis of Yoga, Part One the Yoga of Divine Works, Chapter 8 The Supreme Will continuing on page 213 until the end of this chapter on page 221.

Sri Aurobindo points out that the way and end of Karmayoga is the total surrender of all our actions to a supreme and universal Will, which will replace the ordinary working of the ego-nature. We get to be reminded of this truth, over and over, in many ways, in ways that anyone and everyone can grasp.

He explains minutely who Is Purusha (Soul or consciousness that is the lord, witness, knower, enjoyer, upholder and source of sanction for the work of Prakriti) and who is Prakriti, Nature-Force (the doer, the supporting consciousness). These are separate powers. And of the One-in-all, Ishwara-Shakti, the Lord, the Supreme, of whom the soul is a portion, a being of that Being and a power of the Power.

Dakshina Chanting Group

On the occasion of the third International Yoga Day (June 21st 2017), the Dakshina chanting group of Auroville brings you some sonic excerpts of their hour long Sanskrit shloka chants from Savitri Bhavan, Auroville, 7-8 AM. Let's enrich ourselves and intensely aspire in the Light of Integral Yoga as we listen to Sri Aurobindo's Gayatri mantra and mantras dedicated to The Divine Mother -- Devi Stuti and Aum Anandamayi and the beej mantra. Om Namo Bhagavatey Sri Aravindaya. Dakshina Chanting Group of Auroville received 12 weeks of 'Know Your Rhythm' training programme from Arnab B. Chowdhury before we went onto this special chanting session. members of the Dakshina chanting group: Aravind, Bom, Di, Hemant, Meera, Mona, Renu, Siddhartha and Arnab Here are some sonic excerpts (3:22 minutes) from the Vedas, Bhagavad Gita and specific Mantras dedicated to Sri Aurobindo and the Divine Mother


Comments: 0 Date: 26 Jun 2017

Synthesis of Yoga Pt. 1, Ch. 10


The Three Modes of Nature, chapter 10, page 232, begins with an explanation of these three modes, their qualities, their workings.

These modes, termed gunas in Indian books, are named as sattva, rajas, tamas. No man is entirely one or another: Sri Aurobindo points out that all three are present in everyone and, everything; a constant combining, separating of their relations is in play.

In detail each guna is explained. One's dominant guna is not the soul type of the individual but rather an index made for the present existence, at the particular moment of his evolution in Time.

Synthesis of Yoga Pt. 1, Ch. 8


Sri Aurobindo: the Synthesis of Yoga, Part 1 Yoga of Divine Works, Chapter 8 the Supreme Will, page 208. This chapter will be recorded in 2 parts, ending on page 220.

"Abandoning all dharmas, all principles and laws and rules of conduct, take refuge in me alone." These are the words spoken to the Karmayogin in the Gita. We must have the faith and the courage to utterly trust ourselves, unconditionally surrender ourselves (take refuge) into the hands of the Lord, leaving behind our mental limitations.
A mind fallen into silence is only a channel for the Light and Truth of the divine knowledge; the ocean of the Infinite flows through him and moves him ... forever.

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